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About sarabyrd

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  • Location Lehel, Munich
  • Nationality USA
  • Hometown Albany, CA
  • Gender Female
  • Interests creativity and cats
  1. Nice person of the day award

    I want to nominate the Turkish grocer/butcher across the street who very patiently put together a healthy mix of fruits for a mostly deaf and almost blind old geezer who couldn't see what was on display, named the price, took the money out of his wallet and put back the change (1 cent), made sure that the old guy had a good grip on the plastic bag and helped him across the crosswalk.
  2. Only a few more days!     The no-parking signs for this Sunday are up in my street in Lehel - the Trachten- und Schützenzug is assembled there, the buses park along Prinzregentenstrasse between Haus der Kunst and the Isar bridge. The horses that draw the Hofbräu beer wagon are getting their yearly practice along my street in Lehel. Lebkuchen and Stollen are available at Tengelmann.   What have you seen around town?
  3. Topic split: Astra 2F and Astra 2E - New satellites arrive       Please avoid cross-posting, stick to what it says in the title, thank you.
  4. Topic split: Astra 2F and Astra 2E - New satellite arrives       Please avoid cross-posting, stick to what it says in the title, thank you.
  5. Houston, although lacking in visible downtown life forms, was a treasure trove once I got outside city limits. This was outside a 9th grade school center (i.e. 14-year-olds)   Winter Texans?
  6. Today I did something stupid

    When I left home this morning I picked up the newspaper on the bench next to the door and realized 10 paces further on that it was yesterday's that was lying there waiting to be thrown into the old paper bin (one of four garbage cans outside our door). Today's paper was on the kitchen counter waiting to be put into my bag.
  7. This Wednesday the Munich City Council (Stadtrat) will debate a general ban of all gasoline-driven vehicles without catalyzer and of diesel-driven vehicles that fulfill Euro I emission standard only. Such vehicles will not be allowed inside the area defined by the Mittlerer Ring - without exceptions. They will be allowed on the Mittlerer Ring itself. This regulation would apply to app. 40.000 vehicles as well as 52% of all commercial trucks registered in Munich, some 14.000. Cars built as late as 1996 can fall in these categories, it is worth you while to check on your car's specifications! From January 2010 on, vehicles fulfilling Euro II emission standard only will also be banned. These measures are meant to reduce the particulate matter according to EU standards as the official limit of 50 µg/m³ is currently exceeded on more than 35 days per year. (overview of the last five days) There are, however, doubts whether such a general ban will be feasible and will be confirmed by the Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht) should a single car driver decide to sue claiming discrimination.
  8. Various German states have been thinking out loud about introducing toll for cars in Germany as well - and lowering car taxes for cars registered in Germany. Seeing as how the SPD is going for both Ministry for Traffic and Ministry for Environment, how likely is this going to happen?   I personally wouldn't mind, seeing as I have to pay my way on the freeways in most European countries. It has always annoyed me that they all use German Autobahnen for free.
  9. Pet sitter recommendations

    Hi all,   Scogs and I are back from Cancun, and yes it was great! To all of you who offered to take care of my kitties, thank you all again, maybe we can work something out next time. I ended up taking the three (3, 8 and 15 yrs) to the Katzenstüberl belonging to a vet named Hannelore Koch. She is heavy on natural medicine etc. and really loves animals. When we brought the cats she gave them a thorough check-up, talked to them and jotted down any special information I had. We then took the cats to this well secured shed (possibly a former barn on a small scale) in back of the office building which has a ledge all around about 2/3 of the way up to the sloping roof, an upper floor taking up half the available space and loads of cat-trees, perching places, hideaways, ladders and cat-mint.   I should say there is room for about 15 cats there without their feeling crowded, the place is neither too hot or too cold, the radio runs all day long so the cats have a human voice around them. We picked them up today, well-fed, perky and healthy, and Hannelore told us exactly how each of them behaved, proving that she does keep tabs on them and remembers their behavior. They get fed and patted three times a day and do their cat-thing the rest of the time. I even have the impression that two of my cats are missing their new playmates   The costs are 8.50 Euro per day per cat but can be less if you have more than one.   Telephone contact is 089/74664131, address Plinganserstrasse 6 at the top of the Sendlinger Berg.   IMPORTANT: English is not her strong side!   Update: Hannelore Koch's Sendlinger Katzenstüberl has moved!   It is now in Deining, south of Munich/Grünwald, at Hochstrasse 8 (link to map), Tel. 08170-997 281. She may come around and pick up your cats for a separate fee if you can't bring them yourselves.